New coach Powell selects Springbok Sevens
Former captain Neil Powell has been appointed coach of the Springbok Sevens team in succession to Paul Treu, the South African Rugby Union announced on Saturday.
Powell will take charge of the team for the first time at the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia next weekend where South Africa will face England, France and Spain in Pool B. His former teammate Vuyo Zangqa will be his assistant coach.
"Following his retirement as an active player in 2012, we took Neil into our structures with a view to developing him as a coach of the future," said Jurie Roux, SARU Chief Executive. "It has been a thorough process in his appointment and he will continue the successful partnership he has had with Vuyo in recent times.
"Neil was a vastly experienced player and is very familiar with the HSBC Sevens World Series. They make their debut in Australia next week and we’re looking forward to their contribution to the growth of our Sevens programme."
Powell and Zangqa were part of the Springbok Sevens squad that won the HSBC Sevens World Series in the 2008/09 season.The 35-year old Powell played for South Africa in 32 tournaments on the HSBC Sevens World Series and won a Commonwealth Games bronze medal in 2010. Zangqa played in 19 tournaments on the World Series.
Powell selects first squad
Powell's first squad selection, set to play in the Gold Coast Sevens in the first round of the new HSBC Sevens World Series, is packed full of experience.
Scrum-half Branco du Preez and wing Seabelo Senatla were not considered due to injury but Sampie Mastriet and Mark Richards join a familiar line-up with veteran Frankie Horne set to play in his 51st World Series event and captain Kyle Brown in his 34th tournament.
The South Africans complete their training camp in Stellenbosch on Sunday and travel to Australia on Monday afternoon via Johannesburg.
Springbok Sevens squad: Chris Dry (28), Philip Snyman (15), Frankie Horne (50), Jamba Ulengo (6), Cornal Hendricks (16), Kyle Brown (33) - captain, Sampie Mastriet (2), Stephan Dippenaar (14), Justin Geduld (4), Cecil Afrika (24), Mark Richards (7), Steven Hunt (19)